Obituary: Ruth Gates

Ruth Gates, 76, of Sweet Home died July 21, 2010 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.

She was born April 1, 1934 in Marshalltown, Iowa to John S. and Nellie (Davis) Montgomery.

Mrs. Gates came to Sweet Home in her youth when her family moved from Iowa. She graduated from Sweet Home High School. In 1953 she married Franklin Gates.

The couple were married for 57 years and lived primarily in Sweet Home. Her family was very important to her and taking care of their needs gave her years of joy.

Mrs. Gates is survived by her husband, Frank; three children, Debbie Greer of Sweet Home, Frank and daughter-in-law Carol Gates Jr. of Clarkston, Wash., and Steve and daughter-in-law Jill Gates of Molalla; brother Wilbur “Pee Wee” Montgomery of Iowa; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a great-grandchild; three brothers, John, Wayne and Clarence; and sister Mildred Bennett.

A potluck remembrance was held July 24 at Sweet Home Evangelical Church.

Contributions can be made in Mrs. Gates’ name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas, 75265-0309

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.